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Our Core Values . . .

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Maximising potential

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Cultivating curiosity

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Sustaining positive relationships

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Developing the whole person

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Being child centred

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A Headteacher’s personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks

My personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks East Preston Junior School (EPJS) is a friendly and happy school situated in the beautiful coastal village of East Preston. “Enjoyment and Excellence in all that we are and all that we do” is our school motto: we aim to provide exciting, meaningful and enjoyable educational experiences ensuring that all children have fun learning and achieve their academic potential. Our core values (responsibility, enjoyment, collaboration, kindness, excellence and respect) focus on providing a caring and...
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The maddest of times . . . .

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see a wonderful production of King Lear at Chichester. I admit that my initial reason for buying the tickets was a bit shallow; I didn’t want to miss the chance to see Sir Ian McKellen while he is still in full pomp. His Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies has loomed large in our family’s cultural life over nearly two decades and I felt sure his Lear was going to be worth watching. Indeed it was. But we got so much more for our money than a close-up look at the venerable national treasure. Feargal...
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Don’t look back in anger . . .

2016-2017 was certainly the strangest year in the life of our young multi-academy trust. Having grown from a single academy in 2012 to 5 academy schools with a free school in pre-opening by the end of 2015-2016, our stock seemed to be reasonably high at that time. With only converters joining us, it was unlikely that we would show some of the meteoric improvements that Multi-academy Trusts (MATs) with sponsor projects (which usually joined them as weak or failing schools) can sometimes boast. Yet, although we were not pulling up any trees,...
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Try a Little Mindfulness

With apologies to Otis Redding for the title, I want to introduce an idea that has helped me over the past few months as a leader. Mindfulness is clearly ‘on trend’ these days; I’m sure you will have heard of it and I have occasionally encountered it being discussed in education although never seen it in action. Mindfulness is basically a psychological process for bringing your attention to the internal and external experiences occurring at the present moment. It is a practice linked with meditation (not, in this case, with mediation) and is...
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What’s the real story behind this year’s Sats?

Since the launch of the 2014 curriculum, I have always felt uncomfortable with the binary divide among 11-year-olds that the language of ‘reached/not-reached expected standard’ creates. No matter how caringly and skilfully Year 6 teachers frame things for the ‘not-mets’, I fear that evidence of some psychological or self-esteem damage may later emerge around the long-term impact of this language of failure. And this language also plays into the hands of lazy journalists, who can (and will) pick up the ‘news’ that 39% of children who sat the...
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Staff Focus

Shannon Lasham

My name is Shannon and I’m a Mid-day Meals Supervisor at Rustington Community Primary School. I help the children with their lunch and then help supervise their playtime.

I only ever see happy children and the atmosphere here is great. My favourite moment recently was a massed game of Duck-Duck-Goose with about 60 children!